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The remaining three bedrooms upstairs were “designed to hold a crowd,” says Alessi, with ample space for double beds or multiple single beds. Suzanne says she hopes grandchildren will one day occupy those rooms.
In designing the bathrooms, Suzanne says accessibility was key. “When we come home from the beach, we didn’t want a bathroom where somebody’s taking a shower and nobody else can get in,” she explains. In addition to the master ensuite being accessible from the hallway, the main upstairs bathroom allows for several people to be in there at the same time, with a door separating the shower and toilette from the vanity and double sinks. On the wide-plank shiplap walls are a total of 10 towel hooks, and guests can write their name on a small chalk nametag to hang on their hook.
“That bathroom design was actually my daughter’s idea,” Suzanne reveals. “Somebody can be in there showering, somebody else can be brushing their teeth, and guests feel very welcome because they have their own personalized hook for their towel.”
This personalization extends to the mudroom, where a built-in wall of cubbies houses baskets for guests to stow their belongings. “Alison had me buy the baskets I wanted for the cubbies in the mudroom, then she designed them around those baskets,” Suzanne says. Sand-colored tile is fitting given the type of foot traffic the space sees. “As soon as we come down the street from the beach, everybody comes in the mudroom,” Suzanne notes, “and everything gets dumped right there.”
An avid cook, Suzanne says the kitchen design—completed by Rebecca Brown of Classic Kitchens & Interiors—was particularly important. “I love to cook for people, I love to entertain, but in a very easy way,” she says. A 14-foot island and chef’s-worthy range help make entertaining easy for Suzanne, as does the open-concept nature of the kitchen, dining room, living room and screened-in porch. “The island and range were centered to help achieve the symmetry of the open concept design,” says Brown. Family and friends can easily flow throughout the connected spaces and out onto the back patio off of the kitchen. Suzanne says she’s comfortably accommodated as many as 43 guests while hosting a birthday party at the house. “My husband said, ‘Well, it did what we wanted it to do,’ because you couldn’t even tell that many people were there. It’s never crowded.”
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